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PFC Francis Edward Closen
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Birth: Oct. 7, 1922
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 1944
Limburg, Netherlands

Birth* 7 October 1922 Francis Edward Closen was born on 7 October 1922 at Peoria Co, IL. He was the son of John Michael Closen and Etta Anna Hartwig.

Francis Edward Closen appeared on the census of 30 April 1930 at Limestone Twsp, Peoria Co, IL.

Death* 26 September 1945 He died on 26 September 1945 at Holland at age 22 in the US Army fighting in World War II.

Memo* Notes from research of Frank Schaefer:

According to World War II casualty lists, PFC Francis E Closen's (#16017270) body was not found. He was originally listed as Missing In Action. He is listed in the casualty list as "FOD", this means "Finding Of Death".

The files of the Netherlands American Cemetery, 6269 NA Margraten, Netherlands were made available to PFC Closen's nephew, Frank Schaefer. Excerpts from these files indicate that on 23 Sep 1945, approximately 400 Waco CG-4A gliders carrying the 325th GIR (Glider Infantry Regiment), personnel including PFC Closen in Company E were released near Overasselt, Holland. They moved to Groesbeek under cover of darkness and set up their camps in the woods. Between the 24th and 26th of September they were directed to take over the front line in the Groesbeek sector. German troops in strength occupied the Reichswald forest and were able to interrupt the ideal front line. The Germans made an unexpected fierce attack on the positions of E company, 325th GIR. It is believed that PFC Closen was killed during this battle which occurred near Molenhoek, Holland.
Family links: 
  John M. Closen (1885 - 1965)
  Anna E. Hartwig Closen (1888 - 1965)
  Matilda Ann Closen Roth (1909 - 2005)*
  Leanora Cornelia Closen (1910 - 1910)*
  Edith Cornelia Closen McKinley (1912 - 1985)*
  Marie Magdalene Closen Calhoun (1913 - 2009)*
  Viola Wilhelmina Closen Malson (1915 - 1995)*
  Helena Amelia Closen (1916 - 1978)*
  John Nicholas Closen (1917 - 1998)*
  Mildred Marie Closen Honold (1919 - 2012)*
  Clara Myrtle Closen Gudat (1920 - 2001)*
  Muriel Martha Closen (1920 - 1920)*
  Francis Edward Closen (1922 - 1944)
  Charles Henry Closen (1924 - 1994)*
  Frederick Melvin Closen (1925 - 1972)*
  Ann C. Closen Mans (1926 - 2009)*
  Ruth M. Closen Hall (1927 - 2011)*
  Melvin Eugene Closen (1930 - 1985)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Entered the service from Illinois.
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
Eijsden-Margraten Municipality
Limburg, Netherlands
Plot: Plot B / Row 17 / Grave 32
Maintained by: Buck
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56297648
PFC Francis Edward Closen
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PFC Francis Edward Closen
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 Added: Mar. 23, 2016
Thank you for your World War II service and your Ultimate Sacrifice for our country, Private Closen! May you rest in eternal Heavenly peace! You have certainly earned it!
 Added: Feb. 20, 2014

 Added: Jul. 6, 2010

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